Bachata Roja

Proper American Recordings
Release date
24 Dec 2007
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Rafael Encarnación - Muero Contigo 2:45 321
2 Marino Perez - O La Pago Yo O La Paga Ella 4:17 717
3 Eladio Romero Santos - La Muñeca 2:58 418
4 Blas Duran - Equivocada 2:26 846
5 Felix Quintana - Ladrona 3:08 671
6 Juan Bautista - Estoy Aqui Pero No Soy Yo 3:39 886
7 Augusto Santos - Olvida Ese Hombre 2:39 403
8 Augusto Santos - Si Me La Dan La Cojo 3:50 230
9 Julio Angel - El Salón 2:57 245
10 Julio Morales - Yo Pagaré La Cerveza 3:30 347
11 Ramón Cordero - Amor Del Bueno 2:53 189
12 Efraín Morel - Esta Noche Me la Llevo 2:56 127
13 Leonardo Paniagua - Mi Secreto 4:13 1,427
14 Juan Bautista - Asesina 2:39 490

About this album

iASO Records’ Bachata Roja is the first ever compilation of classic Dominican bachata. From the early 1960’s to the late 1980’s the legendary voices of Eladio Romero Santos, Leonardo Paniagua and Blas Duran spoke to the hearts of a generation. The dizzying guitar accompaniment of pioneers like Edilio Paredes and Augusto Santos charted the course of bachata’s rise, and for three decades theirs was the sound of the streets of Santo Domingo. iASO has selected here some of the defining songs of bachata’s pre-electric era.

Initially the term “bachata” referred to an informal backyard party with food, drink, music and dance. In rural areas of the Dominican Republic in the 1950’s and earlier, the music played at these events was more often than not guitar-based and included a variety of popular styles such as Cuban bolero, guaracha and son, Puerto Rican jíbaro music and Mexican ranchera. Drawing on all these influences, a bold new guitar style emerged in the heart of Santo Domingo’s burgeoning urban shanty towns. Much despised by elite society - who controlled the island’s television, radio and major recording studios – the new music was dubbed disparagingly “bachata,” an allusion to perceived rural backwardness.

Though boycotted by major media outlets, a grass-roots movement coalesced around favorite singers of the time – who expressed in unvarnished terms the pain, sorrow, humor and romance of daily life.

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